April 15, 2014



It's been a busy few weeks at Artist Trust. Just as we prepared to welcome daffodils, tulips and cherry blossoms, we found ourselves making plans for the transition of our executive director, Margit Rankin. After just over two years of service,  Margit and the board of directors have thoughtfully and mutually agreed to this transition culminating in Margit's resignation as Executive Director.
Margit came to Artist Trust in 2011 after having served as executive director of Seattle Arts & Lectures and associate director at University of Washington's Simpson Center for the Humanities. During her tenure at Artist Trust, she expanded our reach by increasing our statewide outreach efforts and improving artist access to services. She also secured one of the largest grants available to artists in our region.
While Margit's leadership has been invaluable, she is moved to work in new realms of the nonprofit and arts sectors. We are appreciative of Margit's work with Artist Trust and are confident she will continue to make a difference in the next organization where she serves.
Artist Trust will continue to honor its commitments. Our staff and board are prepared and equipped to keep things moving with the least possible disruption to our partners and those we serve. During this transition period, the Board will hire interim leadership and provide additional oversight as needed. We are confident in our team's ability to move forward. We anticipate a seamless transition and welcome your feedback during the process.
Artist Trust is growing. We're growing and exploring our potential to have a greater impact. We want to serve more artists, more deeply with more consistency across the state. We remain committed to our mission to support Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines. We're more excited than ever to blossom in the midst of this transition and make Artist Trust the organization you want and trust it to be.
Susan Wagner
Artist Trust Board President

Meet the Artist: Preston Singletary 
Preston Singletary, 2013 Folk & Traditional Artist Fellowship Winner
Preston Singletary, 2013 Fellowship 

 Artist Trust 2013 Folk & Traditional Artist Fellowship winner Preston Singletary will be working with Longhouse Artists

in Olympia to create a collaborative glass installation. Free and open to the public.


This project is a partnership between the Longhouse and the Museum of Glass. 

In This Issue
Meet the Artist: Preston Singletary
I Am An Artist Comes to Tacoma
2014 Benefit Art Auction Highlights
Opportunities for Artists
News from Grant Recipients & EDGE Grads
Be in Touch


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Top Image: Elizabeth Sandvig, Yellow Trogons, oil on canvas, 70"x50", 2003. photo: Spike Mafford.
I Am An Artist Comes to Tacoma 
Home & Away
by Tacoma author Kevin Miller, 2013 GAP recipient.

June 14-15, 9am-4pm: University of Puget Sound, Tacoma  

Early registration discount deadline: May 30, 2014 
Latino/a artist scholarships available! 


Say "I am an artist!" and jumpstart or refresh your arts career! This two-day interactive workshop for artists of all disciplines includes: 
          • Work Samples That Look Great
          • Writing a Killer Artist Statement, Résumé & Cover Letter 
          • Pursuing Funding, Showing & Performing Opportunities 
          • Online Promoting & Marketing 
          • Learn from Successful Artists: Q&A
          • Feedback from Your Peers
          • Rock Your Elevator Speech
Spread the word and register today!
2014 Benefit Art Auction Highlights
Benefit Art Auction 2014

 Here are some highlights from the 2014 Benefit Art Auction:


- The preliminary gross tally is over $386,000 - a new record breaker!  

- Fund the Artists realized over $112,000

- Average gift was $1,000 (last year that was $634)

- Top bid artworks were Preston Singletary's Killer Whale Totem and Jared Rue's Ingress, which received the highest bids at $5,000.

- Golden Ticket pick: Whiting Tennis, Study for Quilt Painting #1.

- All live auction items sold!

- Fair market values percentages were higher this year. 


    Thank you again to all who made this event such a success!

Opportunities for Artists
News from Grant Recipients & EDGE Grads
All That Might Be Done, Samuel Green (2012 Fellowship)
Congratulations to:        

And be sure to check out:

          • Fast Forward, an exhibit featuring graduates of Artist Trust's 2013 EDGE Professional Development Program. May 9-June 13 at Phinney Center Gallery, Seattle. Reception May 9.
Be in Touch
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Take care, and keep in touch,

Steph Harmon
Interim Communications Manager
Artist Trust
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